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Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« on: July 18, 2015, 01:21:15 PM »
My name is Margaret Dean and I've worked as a freelance proofreader for professional publishing houses for the past thirty years. Now I'm bringing my expertise to the independent publishing market.

I'll go over your work with an experienced eye; I'll catch typos, correct spelling and punctuation errors, iron out grammar and usage glitches, and do whatever else is needed to give it the professional, literate polish it deserves.

All varieties of fiction welcome short of full-on erotica (romance-level sex scenes are fine); I'm a longtime SF & fantasy reader and won't boggle at alien terminology or invented languages.  I can also handle non-fiction written for general audiences.

   Rates:  $.35 per 100 words, with a $50.00 minimum, for a two-week turnaround.  Rush rates (1 week turnaround or less) $.50 per 100 words.

   Software:  Microsoft Word Track Changes

   Contact Information:  Email me at margdean56@gmail.com

Special Introductory Offer: If you're an author I've never worked with before, you'll get 10% off the first job I receive from you. 

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2015, 05:50:58 PM »
Can you PM me and tell me which trad author/book you've edited? Esp. in the romance genre. I'm a hybrid author and know a number of authors' works so it'd help me decide if your style would work for me.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2015, 01:33:20 PM »
Finished the first pass on my first job gained through this list, and will be ready for another by next Tuesday (after Mythcon!).

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2015, 07:24:03 AM »
I am now back from Mythcon and ready to take on more work!

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 06:12:48 PM »
Ten percent discount for the first ten customers is still in effect!

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2015, 07:57:12 AM »
Quality of the Week:  I am (apparently) one of the few people left alive who knows how to conjugate "lie" and "lay" properly.

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2015, 08:10:16 AM »
Quality of the Week #2:  I majored in French at college, so I can read and correct French excerpts as well as English.

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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2015, 08:43:00 AM »
Someone who can correct French is a big sell. I still have an acquaintance who STILL laughs at a very basic error I made in a French curse in one of my novels, THE OPENING LINE!
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2015, 07:40:56 AM »
Quality of the Week #3:  If you're writing a Regency romance, or other historical fiction set in Great Britain, and want to have your titles of nobility and forms of address correct, I can do that too.

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2015, 09:14:33 AM »
Quality of the Week #4:  I have an OED and I know how to use it!

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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2015, 05:16:18 PM »
Hey Marg- I'd be interested in talking to you about some of your work- can you email me at: contact (at) scarlettrugers (dot) come with some of your work and history?

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2015, 10:20:19 AM »
Quality of the Week #5:  Language in general is one of my interests, so I enjoy and support creative uses of it.

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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2015, 09:41:24 AM »
Having just sent back a job, I am ready for more work.

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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2015, 10:27:15 AM »
Ten percent discount for first ten KBoards customers is still in effect!

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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2015, 07:40:52 AM »
Quality of the Week #6:  As an Anglophile American with an interest in language, I can handle either British or American spelling and diction ... and make sure that whichever you choose is consistent.

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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2015, 06:11:49 PM »
I just sent back a job and am ready for more work (yes, even over the holidays!).  Ten percent early-customer discount is still in effect!

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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2015, 10:40:14 AM »
A joyous holiday to all, and a happy and productive New Year! :D

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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2015, 10:05:51 PM »
Margaret just helped me with my new novel. This is the first time I've worked with her, and I can't say enough good things about her work. She was truly meticulous down to the tiniest missed/erroneous punctuation. My novel is 300+ pages long Word MS length. I initially thought I could do the proofreading myself, but now I know, there is no possible way I could've caught all those errors. A fresh pair of eyes is necessary, and it's even better if that pair of eyes belongs to Margaret.

She also caught some tiny inconsistencies which helped a lot, even though my story had gone through content edit and copy edit. Her suggestions for how to make proofreading revisions helped greatly to put finishing touches to my book and made it more refined and polished. I love how she was able to just suggest one or two words and suddenly, the sentence sounds so much smoother and clearer.

Strongly recommended, and if our schedules match up, I hope she can help me with my next books.

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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2015, 06:01:26 AM »
Hi Margaret! I'm new to kboards and just came across this thread. Do you have a website I can check out? Also, have you proofread fiction, specifically romance? Thanks!

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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2015, 08:54:52 PM »
Hi Margaret! I'm new to kboards and just came across this thread. Do you have a website I can check out? Also, have you proofread fiction, specifically romance? Thanks!

I don't have a professional website, no ... that's not my area of expertise.  I'm very good at keeping up-to-date on my email, however; you can find my email address in the initial post in this thread.

Yes, in my career I have proofread primarily fiction, which has included a lot of romances of all varieties (contemporary, historical, paranormal, comedy, suspense... you name it).

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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2016, 09:30:13 AM »
Having just sent back a job, I am ready for more work.

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2016, 10:23:06 AM »
Math is not my strong suit.

So on a 100,000 word manuscript, you charge $350?

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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2016, 12:12:15 PM »
Quality of the Week:  I am (apparently) one of the few people left alive who knows how to conjugate "lie" and "lay" properly.

Me too.

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« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2016, 08:24:40 PM »
Math is not my strong suit.

So on a 100,000 word manuscript, you charge $350?

That's right.  (Math is not my strong suit either, hence my not fiddling with fractions-of-cents-per-word!  And thank God for the calculator function. :) )

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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2016, 11:43:53 AM »
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And thank God for the calculator function.

Indeed. :)